Mission Statement

We enable customer success through sourcing, purchasing, and payment services to achieve best value and UNT System’s educational and research missions. 


We strive to be THE benchmark of procurement exhibiting a high degree of excellence in how we inspire, lead, and challenge the way Procurement enables mission and customer success.


Partnership – teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, communication, active inclusion, demonstrate ownership, internships, mentorship, create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships

Reliability – integrity, responsive, consistency, accuracy, dependable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, honesty

Intellectual Curiosity – professional development, innovative performance and technology, continuous learning and improvement, knowledge sharing, internships, mentorships, benchmarking

Customer Success – understand and anticipate internal customer needs, alignment to mission and purpose, adaptability in a dynamic world

Excellence – professionalism, transparency, effective communication, strive to exceed expectations 

Leadership Team

Ron Brade
Verron "Ron" Brade
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Sourcing & Chief Procurement Officer

Ron Brade joined the University of North Texas System in October 2020 after 29 years working for the federal government, most recently serving as the Associate Center Director for the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s “Silicon Valley.” He provides strategic direction, leadership and supervision of strategic sourcing, contracts management, procure-to-pay functions, and the Historically Underutilized Business program across UNT System. He implemented an organizational restructuring of UNT System’s procurement operation designed to create sustainable efficiencies that will help to counter the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s in public administration concentrating in Procurement and Contracting from the George Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s prestigious Senior Executive Fellows Program.